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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome
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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome

The Supreme Court of Victoria has dismissed an appeal by the Medical Board of Australia (Board) against the decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to overturn its decision to suspend a medical practitioner’s registration by way of immediate action. The Board had suspended the practitioner’s registration under s156(1)(e) of the Health Practitioner Regulation ...

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Anaesthetist who undertook unnecessary rectal examination succeeds in staying suspension of his registration
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Anaesthetist who undertook unnecessary rectal examination succeeds in staying suspension of his registration

An anaesthetist who undertook a clinically unnecessary rectal examination of an anaesthetised patient at the alleged encouragement of the colorectal surgeon performing the procedure was successful in having the suspension of his registration stayed until his appeal against the suspension is heard in full. Dr Adam Hill’s registration was suspended by the Medical Council of New South Wales on and from 4 March 2019....

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PSR continues to recover significant payments in 2019
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PSR continues to recover significant payments in 2019

The first two months of 2019 has seen the Director of the Professional Services Review (PSR) enter into 9 agreements with practitioners which will result in repayments totalling $2,840,000. 5 of the 9 practitioners were general practitioners. The maximum single repayment was $550,000.00. The agreements were made pursuant to section 92 of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) with practitioners who ...

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Tighter regulation on the horizon for unconventional or alternative medicine
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Tighter regulation on the horizon for unconventional or alternative medicine

The Medical Board of Australia (Board) is considering introducing new guidelines to establish clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary or unconventional medicine or emerging treatments (Proposed Guidelines). The Proposed Guidelines would supplement the Board’s current Code of Conduct, similar to the Sexual Boundaries Guidelines introduced by the Board late last year....

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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Reporting to the Minister for Health, the Taskforce consists of a cross-section of private and public practitioners, academics and consumer representatives, Via the Taskforce, clinical committees and working groups are required to make recommendations as to whether MBS items are obsolete and should be removed, as well as identify any services that require priority reviews, develop a program considering ...

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Doctor suspended for forging signatures to patient consent forms

Over a period of 12 months, the practitioner caused 37 patient consent forms to be signed by a person other than that patient in respect of surgical operations, procedures or medical treatment. He then knowingly provided to the Alfred Health and/or to the Royal Women’s Hospital those forged consent forms, knowing that they would form part of the patients’ medical record of that hospital....

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Medical Board and AHPRA adopt all recommendations of chaperone report

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) recently released the report Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe. The review considered whether, and ...

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GP Suspended for Slapping a Child's Face during Consulation

The child and his mother had attended for an appointment so that the GP might try to help the child swallow his ADHD medication. The GP attempted to teach the child how to swallow the medication over a period of about 50 minutes. The child refused and fidgeted in his chair. At one stage, the GP placed his feet on the top of the child's feet in an attempt to keep him still. The child continued to refuse ...

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New WA Medicine and Poisons Regulations

A key aim of the regulations is to control the potential for the misuse of hard drugs by implementing a system to identify and regulate ‘doctor shopping’.   Health Minister John Day says the legislation “establishes the legal framework for the transfer of information about the prescribing and dispensing of controlled drugs such as morphine and dexamphetamine, through the use of real-time reporting systems....

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Top 10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling A Medical Practice

1. Not being ready. Selling a medical practice is a big decision. All the more reason why you should take the time and effort to thoroughly prepare for the sale, and have all documentation ready for the handover. Failing that there may be setbacks and obstacles that delay the transaction, which will inevitably cost money. It is important to work through these issues methodically and not rush into a sale....

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The duty of the court to self-represented litigants

In late 2008, the applicant noticed swelling on the left side of his face and neck extending along the jaw line to a point near the left ear. Following an ultrasound examination, the applicant was referred to hospital. He attended the hospital on 12 February 2009 and was examined by Mr Chan, an ENT surgeon. Fine needle aspiration of the lump was performed and a diagnosis made of “features suggest abscess”....

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Considering entering a medical practice lease? Here are some key things to consider.

What you should think about before entering into a medical centre lease Considering establishing a medical practice? An important step will be finding suitable premises from where to operate, which usually involves entering into a lease of a medical centre. Entering into a commercial lease is an integral part of setting up and operating a medical practice, and it is crucial you get this right both ...

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